Key State Department Arctic Officials

Date: 04/30/2013 Description: Official portrait: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - State Dept Image

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry

Secretary Kerry is the Chair of the Arctic Council under the U.S. Chairmanship. 

Date: 2015 Description: Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. - State Dept Image

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. 
U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic 

Admiral Papp is the Secretary of State’s direct representative for all matters related to the Arctic. He serves as the coordinator of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Date: 2015 Description: Honorable Fran Ulmer - State Dept Image

Hon. Fran Ulmer
Special Advisor to the Secretary on Arctic Science and Policy 

The Honorable Fran Ulmer is an advisor to the Secretary of State on Arctic issues.  She is also the Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, a position to which she was appointed by the President of the United States in 2011. 

Date: 2015 Description: Ambassador David Balton - State Dept Image

Ambassador David Balton
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and Environmental and Scientific Affairs 

Ambassador Balton is responsible for coordinating the development of U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, and overseeing U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues.  His portfolio includes managing U.S. foreign policy issues relating to the Arctic and Antarctica. Ambassador Balton is the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials.

Date: 2015 Description: Julia Gourley - State Dept Image

Ms. Julia Gourley 
U.S. Senior Arctic Official 

Ms. Gourley has served as the United States Senior Arctic Official (SAO) since 2005.  As the SAO, she is the primary U.S. representative to the Arctic Council, the leading intergovernmental forum for addressing matters related to sustainable development and environmental issues in the Arctic.